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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Omaha Beach by Joseph Balkoski. Equal parts oral history and meticulous reconstruction, Omaha Beach is the closest the modern reader can get to experiencing the Normandy landings firsthand.
Get A Copy. Paperbackpages. Published May 18th by Stackpole Books first published More Details Original Title. Omaha and Utah Beaches. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Omaha Beachplease sign up.
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Having read and enjoyed the author's book on Utah Beach last year, I had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed. This is a very excellent book on the Omaha Beach portion of the Omaha - Bruno Alexiu - 6 June 1944 - The Light Of Dawn - Original Score invasion in There's an old adage about how no plan ever survives contact with the enemy.
The planning for Omaha Beach, while extensive and detailed, did indeed fall apart in its implementation, but not solely due to German influences.
The aerial bombardment of the invasion beaches was a total bust, the Having read and enjoyed the author's book on Utah Beach last year, I had high hopes for this one. The aerial bombardment of the invasion beaches was a Let The Sunshine In - Eduardo Zurita - Zurita En New York bust, the use of amphibious tanks the Duplex Drive Shermans was largely a failure, the pre-invasion naval bombardment was too short and barely removed any German fortifications and the Germans were present in greater numbers and skill than intelligence estimates had come up with.
Throw in Mother Nature's influence of difficult tides and weather conditions and you have what sounds like a recipe for a Grade A military disaster. But it wasn't. The author, Joseph Balkoski, does a great job of going over all the plans for the invasion, and then of how they fell apart. While there were forces at work which were beyond what the Allied planners could manage successfully, there were some pretty major failures of intelligence, planning and implementation which the author pulls no punches in pointing out and assigning blame where possible.
However, all of that is just a prelude for the real heart of the book: the invasion itself. Balkoski's narrative is very "big picture" and gives the reader a great understanding of where things were happening and how they impacted other parts of the invasion area. Along the way, he gives lots of "little picture" moments as the recollections of various American soldiers, sailors and airmen along with a few Royal Navy sailors and even a few Germans are included to give the reader a much better sense of what it was like to be there.
Since the U. Army's 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions were the ones doing the invading, they get the lion's share of the individual recollections, but there's a really good variety: infantrymen, tankers, medics, engineers, SeaBees, landing craft personnel, bomber pilots, command officers and many others. Balkoski endeavored to use primary sources which came from interviews and reports issued shortly after the battle, or within a few years at least, in order to be sure the memories weren't clouded by the ravages of time.
Very solid work. Some of the best features of this book are the many maps which are sprinkled throughout and which have various parts of the narrative marked on them.
I've read lots of books on World War II and often had to Bomber Über Dresden - Various - Pogoverdächtig & Kopfkrank Worldwide my head over where a particular action was taking place in relation to others due to a lack of maps. Didn't happen in this book. There are quite a few excellent photographs included throughout, many of which I've never seen before. Very nice the author didn't just throw in Anthony Red Rose - Tempo bunch of standard pictures which have been used dozens and dozens of times.
View all 6 comments. Jul 06, Regina Lindsey rated it really liked it Shelves: francehistoricalhistorical-nonfictionhistorical-non-fictionmilitarymilitary-historynon-fictionnonfictionworld-war-2world-war-ii.
In preparation for my trip to Normandy I wanted a refresher on the battle. This was a good selection. The term D-Day always conjures up the iconic images of young men disembarking an amphibious assault on a beach in which enemy fire was strategically dished out from cliffs above.
But, the battle is so much more than. It was the first of its kind and was intended to have various stages, almost all of which fell apart immediately. What Balkoski excels at is showing how all of these individual In preparation for my trip to Normandy I wanted a refresher on the battle.
What Balkoski excels at is showing how all of these individual "disasters" added to the psychological stress of the men storming the beach. Already afraid and seasick, when the disembarked and realized the air and naval assault had unsuccessfully weakened the German defense the task ahead was even more daunting.
Even though I'm an avid history reader I don't have a good mental map. Sometimes it is hard for me to read about battles in a place I've never been.
Balkoski writes in a way that is simple and easy to follow. I was disappointed, that once again, almost completely left out the Canadian's role. I always feel bad for the Canadians. I also thought the editors could have done a better job in selecting the first hand accounts included in each chapter.
The selections didn't always advance the narrative. Overall, a great look at one of the most notable battles in war history. Jul The Magnificent (Klubb Bass Remix) - DJ John vs. DJ Feroz - The Magnificent / Its Coming, Audrey Knutson rated it really liked it.
Every year I read a book about DDay to coincide with June 6th. This year I wanted to learn about what happened in the bloodiest sectors on the most tragic beach.
A lot of books give the most lip service to the 29th Infantry but Balkoski does a good job of striking a balance with the 1st Infantry as well. He also does a great job of introducing situations and givng background info. However, this contextual info he gives evaporates further and further into the book. Omaha - Bruno Alexiu - 6 June 1944 - The Light Of Dawn - Original Score think he assumes the reader is familiar with weapons, names, battles, pivotal moments, etc.
While I have read extensively about DDay, not everything always rings a bell Omaha - Bruno Alexiu - 6 June 1944 - The Light Of Dawn - Original Score I found myself having to look up a lot of things.
Not the biggest gripe, but I wish the book read a little easier. I think the book was a good maginifying glass into one part of DDay. I want to read an even narrower account in the future but I feel like this book was a great stepping stone. Jun 08, Vicki Andrada rated it it was amazing.
If you like history, mainly world war II military history, this book is for you. I had to really pay attention, as this book was meant to be just that, a book talking of military history, with all of the military terms and things Das Reine - Hetzjagd - Revolution it.
However, it shows how it really was for these men! It brought things Omaha - Bruno Alexiu - 6 June 1944 - The Light Of Dawn - Original Score to me that I'd really never thought of much. I read about D day in school, but when you read a book like this you learn just how bad it was for the men coming ashore on D day, and just how If you like history, mainly world war II military history, this book is for you. I read about D day in school, but when you read a book like this you learn just how bad it was for the men coming ashore on D day, and just how hard it was to survive, as many did not.
Jun 06, Everydayreader1 rated it it was amazing. It is packed full of information, from the planning of the D-Day invasion, to the landing on Omaha Beach in the early morning hours of June 6, It is also a very personal look at many of the soldiers who gave their lives that day, as well as the officers and others who lead the charge.
Reading this book brought the loss of life for our freedom home to me in a new and very real way. This book is a deep, even granular, dive into the story of "Bloody Omaha", the only close-run part of the D-Day landings of June 6 Balkoski weaves a myriad of personal accounts and official narratives to give an almost a minute by minute timeline of activities ashore in Normandy, as the American army tried to gain a solid toehold in Europe.
We get a quick look at the frantic preparations for the invasion and then we are into the actual action, sailing with the invasion fleet.
Then the This book is a deep, even granular, dive into the story of "Bloody Omaha", the only close-run part of the D-Day landings of June 6 Then the mistakes and unfortunate occurrences begin to add up fast.
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